Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement tonight in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:
"I agree with the President that those who work hard and meet their responsibilities deserve to get ahead and succeed. I agree that we must encourage free enterprise, reward individual initiative, and open the doors of opportunity to all Americans. I agree that economic growth is the key to creating more jobs.
"Unfortunately, over the last four years, the President has taken us down a path away from these ideas and principles -- ideas and principles which helped make our country great. We cannot spend our way to recovery, we cannot tax our way to recovery, and we cannot continue to go down the same path of outdated, unsuccessful policies that cripple small business and hurt American families.
"The President needs to show real leadership and be willing to work not just with his democratic colleagues, but congress as a whole. He needs to move away from political posturing and executive orders, and move toward bipartisan solutions for every American: solutions that protect our seniors and children, ensure educational opportunities for all, and create an economic climate that allows small businesses to flourish.
"My hope is that the President decides to work with Congress. The country and the 8th District would benefit. Farmers in Central Washington would benefit from immigration reform to hire the workers they need; high tech companies in King County would benefit from free trade allowing them to sell their goods all over the world; and families, from Eatonville to Chelan, would benefit from a simpler, flatter, fairer tax code that lets hardworking men and women keep more of their money and creates jobs.
"We live in a great state and a great nation and we must work together to keep it that way."